Luxury Travel
"NZ A State Of Luxury"

Autumn 2003

Jenny Casperson
Luxury Travel
Kauri Cliffs
The name Relais & Chateaux is synonymous with luxury – and qualifying as a member of this illustrious stable of world-class accommodation is quite an achievement. Being the only one in the country suggests somewhere very special. When Wall Street multi-millionaire Julian Robertson and wife, Josie, purchased 2,400 hectares of lush seaside pastures high above the Pacific Ocean in the far north of New Zealand, they set about creating what is now regarded as one of the top five golf courses in the world. David Harman, an Orlando-based designer, successfully blended championship course with magnificent cliff edge landscape and Golf Digest last year rated it as the world’s best new international course. It soon became apparent, however, that smart golfing types needed swanky accommodation – so they could play and stay – and thus The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs was born. Overlooking eh course and boasting spectacular 180-degree views of Cape Brett and the Cavalli Islands the main lodge features gracious living and dining areas. A total of 16 guest suites in eight outlying cottages include beautiful bedroom and sitting areas, private patios, open fireplaces, and large ensuite bathrooms. Noted designer Virginia Fisher, of Huka Lodge and Eichhart’s fame, has created an elegant yet cosy county house feel, while local chef Paul Jobin blends the freshest local produce with a bold mix of international influences. If golfing, dining and drinking in the sublime scenery isn’t enough, take a dip in the infinity pool, play tennis or enjoy a gourmet picnic on one of Kauri Cliffs’ three private beaches. Fishing, diving, kayaking, guided nature tours, sailing, surfing, horse-riding, scenic flights and spa treatments complete this decidedly upscale destination retreat package. Kauri Cliffs is a four-hour drive or 40 minute flight north of Auckland. A stay, including pre-dinner drinks, accommodation, dinner and breakfast, starts from $550. a person a night. Golf packages are also available.

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